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Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust of NSW) holds extensive printed collections in its historic house museums, buildings and sites and in the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. These collections are, within their context, of important cultural significance for the people of NSW and for Australia. The house museums contain collections related to their particular history, including books, sheet music and printed ephemera. Two of the houses, Rouse Hill House and Meroogal, have intact historical collections including libraries, family papers, photographs and personal items. The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection is a specialised collection that includes trade literature and pattern books relating to the history of house and garden design and domestic interiors. The library also holds some remnant personal libraries, sheet music collections and part of the foundation collection of the Parliamentary Library of NSW.

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1930
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Sydney Living Museums
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sheet music
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songs with piano
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Rouse Hill House & Farm
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balfe, m. w. (michael william), 1808-1870
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linley, george, 1798-1865
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browne, harriet
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bishop, henry r. (henry rowley), sir, 1786-1855
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bishop, henry r. (henry rowley), sir, 1786-1855.
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anthony hordern & sons
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Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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This selection of digitised resources comes from the collections of Sydney Living Museums’ historic house museums and the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection . The collection includes domestic sheet music and manuscript transcriptions either as single pieces or groups of pieces bound together into volumes by their owners. Much of the music is dated and inscribed and reflects the musical taste, skills, pedagogy and networks of early Australian colonists and their children and...
Topic: Sheet Music
Trade Catalogues
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This selection of digitised resources consists largely of items taken from the collection of trade catalogues held by the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. The collection includes trade literature related to house and garden design and interior furnishing, as well as building materials, house fittings, and hardware. It comprises publications from merchants and manufacturers in Australia, England, Scotland, the United States, and Europe, as well as...
Topics: Trade Catalogues, Trade Catalogs
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection
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The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection specialises in the history of house and garden design and interior furnishing in New South Wales, Australia, from 1788. The strength of our collection lies in its wide range of formats, including architectural pattern books, architectural fragments, wall and floor coverings, manufacturers’ trade catalogues and sample books, garden ornament, fittings (including curtain and blind hardware, door and window furniture), soft furnishings and...
Topics: house and garden design, interior furnishing, New South Wales
Rouse Hill House & Farm
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This selection of digitised resources comes from the  collection of Sydney Living Museums' historic house museum, Rouse Hill  House & Farm. The house at Rouse Hill was occupied by six generations of the Rouse and Terry families from its  construction in the early 1800s until the late 1990s, when it opened as a museum. Each generation has left its mark, barely erasing the evidence  of those who lived there before but instead adding to it, forming a richly...
Topics: Rouse Hill House & Farm, Rouse Family, Terry Family
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Topics: Dowling songbook, Singing - Study and Teaching, Singing - Methods, Rouse Hill House & Farm,...
Trade Catalogues
by Crown Crystal Glass Co. Ltd.
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Topics: trade catalogues, Glassware - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century, Caroline Simpson...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Art metal work - Trade catalogues, Stained glass - Trade catalogues, Trade...
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
Contents : The arrow and the song--The Brook--The song of the blind girl to her harp--The bird song--The bridge/J.T.M. Harrison--The careless word/Mrs Norton--The captive greek girl/J.W. Hobbs--The heart bow'd down/M.W. Balfe--The last meeting/ G. Linley--The landing of the pilgrim fathers/Mrs Heman's sister [Harriet Browne]--The last rose of summer/Sir John Stevenson--The messenger bird, or thou art come from the spirits' land, duet/Mrs Heman's sister--The Roman girl's song/Mrs Heman's...
Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Provenance - Australia, Throsby Park, binders volume of...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Fashion - Trade catalogues, Department stores - Trade catalogues,...
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Department stores - Trade catalogues, Fashion - Trade catalogues,...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Tiles - Trade catalogues, Caroline Simpson...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Kitchen utensils - Trade catalogues, Stoves - Trade catalogues, Bathtubs - Trade...
Trade Catalogues
by Spooner, Robert Lindsay
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Topics: architectural pattern books, Trade catalogues - 20th century, Caroline Simpson Library &...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Balfe, M. W. (Michael William), 1808-1870; Fitzball, Edward, 1792-1873
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Rodwell, G. Herbert (George Herbert), 1800-1852; Fitzball, Edward, 1792-1873
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Ironwork - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
Trade Catalogues
by W. H. Rocke & Co.
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Topics: trade catalogues, Furniture - Australia - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872; Loder, Edward (Edward James), 1813-1865
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Joinery - Trade catalogues, Prefabricated buildings - Trade catalogues, Caroline...
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Sydney Living Museums, Caroline Simpson Library & Research...
Trade Catalogues
by W.S. Thomson & Co.
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Topics: trade catalogues, Fashion - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Rouse Hill House...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Furniture - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline Simpson...
Missing pages.  For full bibliographic record see our Library Catalogue
Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Garden ornament - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Furniture - Trade catalogues, Department stores - Trade catalogues, Trade...
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Tiles - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century, Caroline Simpson...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Rice, Tom (Thomas Dartmouth), 1808-1860; Godbe, S.
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, Minstrel...
Trade Catalogues
by Anthony Hordern & Sons
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Furniture - Trade catalogues, Department stores - Trade...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Garden ornament - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Blewitt, Jonathan, 1782-1853; Dalrymple, J. S.
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Ironwork - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline Simpson...
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, songs with harp, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868; Bishop, Henry R. (Henry Rowley), Sir, 1786-1855; Planche, J. R. (James Robinson), 1796-1880
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Hobbs, J. W. (John William), 1799-1877; Pardoe (Julia), Miss, 1806-1862
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, pattern books, Architecture - Designs and plans, Trade catalogues...
Trade Catalogues
by Mark Foy's Ltd.
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Topics: trade catalogues, Furniture - Trade catalogues, Department stores - Trade catalogues, Trade...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Glassware - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century, Caroline Simpson...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Papier mache - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline...
Trade Catalogues
by George Hudson Limited
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Topics: trade catalogues, Prefabricated buildings - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century,...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Glass painting and staining - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Valentine, John; Cooke, T. (Thomas), 1782-1848; Kenney, James, 1780-1849
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Trade Catalogues
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Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Trade Catalogues
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Trade Catalogues
by A. Hutchinson & Cie.
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Price list for 'Linoleum fabrik Maximiliansau' loosely inserted. .  For full bibliographic record see our Library Catalogue .
Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Linoleum - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Moncrieff, W. T. (William Thomas), 1794-1857; Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Ironwork - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century,...
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Catering - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Cornwall, Barry, 1787-1874; Neukomm, Sigismund, Ritter von, 1778-1858
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
Trade Catalogues
by Goodlet & Smith Ltd.
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Topics: trade catalogues, Prefabricated buildings - Trade catalogues, Joinery - Trade catalogues, Glass...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Beds - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline Simpson...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Lamps - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 19th century, Caroline Simpson...
Trade Catalogues
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Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Irish songs, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance -...
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, songs with...
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, sheet music
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Irish songs, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Linoleum - Trade catalogues, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection,...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance - Australia, Irish...
Trade Catalogues
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For full bibliographic record see our Library Catalogue. The digitisation, research and interpretation of this sheet music has been made possible by a generous donation made by Cecelia Clarke and her family.
Topics: binders volume of sheet music, songs with piano, Wilhelmina Burne songbook, Rouse Hill House &...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Furniture - Australia - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues - 20th century,...
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Topics: trade catalogues, trade catalogs, Furniture - Trade catalogues, Department stores - Trade...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
by Cooke, T. (Thomas), 1782-1848; Kenney, James, 1780-1849; Auber, D.F.E. (Daniel Francois Esprit), 1782-1871
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Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Isabel Throsby songbook, songs with piano, Throsby Park, Provenance - Australia, sheet music,...
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Topics: trade catalogues, Glassware - Trade catalogues, Lighting - Trade catalogues, Trade catalogues -...
Domestic Sheet Music and Manuscripts
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Topics: Dowling songbook, songs with piano, Irish songs, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Provenance -...
Trade Catalogues
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Topics: trade catalogues, Kitchen utensils - Trade catalogues, Cookware - Trade catalogues, Trade...